Back to where it started for Fletcher
A move to Manly United was logical for Matt Fletcher.
After the 24-year-old was released by the Central Coast Mariners, the striker needed a fresh challenge.
Knowing the importance of re-inventing himself at the right club and in the right environment, calling Cromer Park home in 2017 made perfect sense.
“I played my junior football at Manly, so I guess I’ve come full circle,” Fletcher said.
“I don’t hold any grudges towards the Mariners, sometimes in football you are not in the plans of the coach.
“That was the case at Central Coast (under Paul Okon).. I’m still close with the players, it’s all part of the journey.”
And it has been some ride for Fletcher, who first kicked a ball with Curl Curl.
As a youth player he represented Sunderland, Fulham, Sheffield Wednesday and Hull City in England before moving into the senior ranks.
Oxford United was next, followed by a loan spell at Cambridge United before he returned to Australia last year.
Fletcher didn’t take long to make an impression with Manly.
On debut last Saturday night he scored what proved to be the winner versus Sutherland.
“It was great to come off the bench and have an impact,” he said.
“Our squad depth is good, which is what you need.
“My aim is to have a big year with Manly – beyond that who knows.
“I find that exciting, I just need to be consistent in every game I play.”